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Presentation given by Justin Milward, Woodland Trust - Green Connect 2, 6th October

Presentation given by Justin Milward, Woodland Trust - Green Connect 2, 6th October

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  • Dept of Health “ Be active , be healthy, a plan for getting the nation moving – includes “Change for Life”
  • In SW average temperatures may be as much as 3.5 c higher by 2050. Summers will be drier, winters wetter.SW Climate Change action plan “ improve woodland management an d new woodland planting to promote carbon absorption and provide substitutes for fossil fuels

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  • Green Connect 2– 6th October 2012‘Trees are good for you !’ Justin Milward, Regional & Local Government Officer (SW)
  • Agenda1. Woodland Trust – who we are and what we do2. The benefits of woodland3. The Woodland Trust and delivery
  • The Woodland TrustConservation charity formed in 1972 in Devon –40th Anniversary !Now own over 1,000 sites across UK covering20,000haApprox 300,000 members & supporters
  • Our VisionA UK rich in native trees and woods, enjoyed and valued by everyone
  • 3 key aimsTo enable the creation of more nativewoods and places rich in treesTo protect native woods, trees and theirwildlife for the futureTo inspire everyone to enjoy and valuewoods and trees
  • The unique range of benefits of trees, woods and forests • Wildlife • Health & wellbeing • Climate change • Water benefits • Economy • Sustainable communities
  • 1. Wildlife• Biodiversity• Landscape• Ecosystems Services (£2bn)
  • 2. Health and wellbeing "Access to green spaces is associated with better mental and physical health across socioeconomic groups." "Defra will lead a national campaign to increase tree planting throughoutEngland, particularly in areas where tree cover would help to improve residents quality of life and reduce the negative effects of deprivation, including health inequalities." White Paper - Healthy Lives, Healthy People; Dept of Health, Nov 2010
  • Report of the Government’s Independent Panel on Forestry“As a Panel, we want many more opportunities for more people to enjoy the health and well-being benefits of woodlands” (July 2012)
  • 3. Climate change Trees and woods have a key role to play: • As components of sustainable urban drainage systems • Flood amelioration and water purity • Absorb carbon • Renewable energy
  • Energy source - woodfuel
  • 4. Water benefits:Water quality Flooding
  • Water Directive Framework “There is strong evidence to support woodland creation in appropriate locations to achieve water management and water quality objectives”
  • 5. Economic dividends Does moneygrow on trees?
  • Trees can help save money
  • 6. Sustainable communities Engaging local neighbourhoodsPotential for community ownership and management – neighbourhood planning via Localism Act
  • Create a sense of place
  • ....and a sense of local ownership
  • Woodland creation is currently high up the policy agenda.... “There is a huge opportunity for England’s woodlands to drive a sustainable economic revival, to improve the health and well- being of the nation, and to provide better and more connected places for nature.” Independent Panel (July 2012)
  • MOREwoods
  • woodlandtrust.org.ukwoodlandtrust.org.uk/neighbourhood-planningjustinmilward@woodlandtrust.org.uk